After two years of non-operation due to the damages caused by typhoons, the DWBU FM 106.3 was upgraded and relaunched on February 8, 2022 at the Aquilino P. Bonto Building Amphitheater and BU Radio Station.
Aside from resuming operations, the DWBU FM 106.3 frequency was also expanded. Its frequency can now reach the 1st District of Albay at Sto. Domingo and 3rd District at Guinobatan, Albay. Previously, the frequency was limited to the university’s Main Campus. A five-year franchise was granted to the station, which will run until 2024.
The official relaunching commenced with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the BU Radio Station led by BU President Dr. Arnulfo M. Mascariñas and College of Arts and Letters (CAL) Dean Dr. Leticia M. Lopez. Afterward, a short blessing was presided by Fr. Edward Allan Pandaan.
Simultaneously broadcasted via the DWBU FM 106.3 and BU Facebook live, the event continued at the Amphitheater. Messages of support and future plans for the new facility were discussed. Present were Dr. Mascariñas, Dr. Lopez, VP for Research, Development and Extension Dr. Luis O. Amano, VP Academic Affairs Dr. Amelia A. Dorosan, and Print and Broadcast Media Department Head Prof. Anacito E. Dematera.
In his message, Prof. Dematera mentioned that the colleges, units, and offices, can request airtime for disseminating information, events, and announcements. He also recalled the establishment of the radio station through his effort along with former CAL Dean now Procurement and Management Office Director Dr. Julieta B. Borres.
With its wider frequency, the university officials hope to reach students who experiences signal or internet problems in the midst of the pandemic. Dr. Lopez also eyes worldwide reach of the radio station through livestreaming.
The public can listen to DWBU FM 106.3 from Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00pm. (written by: Arnold C. Noda, CPRO)